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News from Union Vale Town Board; March- May 7, 2020

News from Town of Union Vale Town Board; March- May 7, 2020

The most recent meetings have been held via Zoom and sometimes the audio was difficult to understand because of echoes and other problems. Every attempt has been made to make this summary accurate.

  • The highway department and parks department have worked throughout the New York Pause as essential workers. Roads are being paved, potholes filled, picnic tables repainted, floors in the Senior Citizen room and the big area room have been refinished, trails have been cleared, etc.
  • Other town employees and the Town Board are working from home successfully. They will continue to do this, possibly starting to come in on a rotating business as the restrictions are lifted. They urge all residents to continue to stay home and wear masks when they have to go out.
  • 2 Tymor Park – quotes for electrical and fire detection work have been received.  Agreement to give electrical work to RSH Electric for approximately $3K.  Agreement to give fire detection work to Vector with an understanding that they must pay “prevailing wage” (Steve F would not agree without understanding that “prevailing wage” would be paid). This work needs to be completed to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.
  • A 26 month lease has been agreed upon for Pathfinder Academy to rent 2 Tymor Park. It will house 2 RA’s and 8-10 student athletes. They will attend school at a location in Salt Point.
  • Library Services- It is anticipated that MHLS will implement restrictions once re-opening takes place.   Betsy stated that she will ear-mark $15 to $20K of the funding that was approved for MHLS Library payment for what was referred to as temporary Union Vale library services and the remaining portion of the roughly $80K that was approved for library payment will be used to off-set pandemic-related revenue losses.  A group of residents (a “committee”) who are developing a plan to seek donations for a UV Town Library will present at the 5/21 Board meeting.
  • Betsy explained the loss of projected revenue for the town due to a drop in sales tax they normally receive from the county, as well as a drop in mortgage tax revenue. They have also lost revenue from programs normally held in the park and summer camp is uncertain at this time. They are looking for ways to close this gap, such as putting off adding money to a reserve fund for the barn roof and taking $60,000 from the money budgeted for library services.
  • Summer camp- there was much discussion about the obstacles and challenges. Everyone will need appropriate PPE, handwashing stations need to be adequate and accessible, the playground and restrooms need to be disinfected throughout the day, the density of all activities needs to be monitored, social distancing in the pool area needs to be maintained, staff needs additional training, etc. Betsy is in constant communication with the county. Once clear guidelines are set, the town board will need to decide whether it makes sense to hold the camp.



March 5, 2020 Town Board Working Meeting

March 5, 2020  Town Board Working Meeting

  1. There will be information on the Union Vale Town website about signing up to benefit from the solar project. There was some discussion about making sure local workers would be hired as the project is built. In the end it was decided that the Town Board would post available jobs on the website, but East Light would be responsible for hiring.
  2. They are still waiting on a decision about the cell tower.
  3. 11 Tymor Park Road: There was some disagreement about how much renovation needs to be done on the building to make it available for rent. There seem to be two sets of opinions. Two of the Councilmen (Steve and Kevin M.) commented about how the house could be renovated quickly and relatively cheaply to make it ready to rent to a family. Supervisor Maas seems more inclined to conduct a more expensive renovation to make the building available as a party/wedding venue in addition to short term rentals. There are concerns about either choice. Renting to a family requires working out security issues as they need access to the home after park hours. Opening it up as a short term rental would require a business plan to make sure it is a viable option. They seem ready to spend $5,600 for an architect to measure and determine the cost for renovations.
  4. 2 Tymor Park Road: There is interest from a soccer school. They have offered to pay half rent ($1,000) per month until August when they will pay full rent and start using the building. They would like a 24 month lease. There would be eight young men, ages 15-19, along with two RA’s living in the house. They would play soccer and go to school elsewhere. They will only be there for part of the year, spending the rest of the year in Spain. There was a lot of discussion and hopefully more answers will be forthcoming.
  5. Supervisor Maas reported about three quotes they received to repair the tennis courts. The highest quote was $88,300 which would be a total revamp. The lowest was around $16,000, which would repair the surface and reline it. Jake would work with this company to learn how to upkeep the courts so that the town can maintain the courts in the future. The Town Board was leaning towards the lower bid, making sure the contract contained some missing items- such as including the lines for pickle ball.
  6. Just as we were leaving, Councilman McGivney asked Supervisor Maas if it was possible to get agendas for Town Board Meetings ahead of time. Councilman Frazier requested them the Friday before so that he had the weekend to review them and then some time to reach out to people for more information. They cited other Town Boards that did this. A concerned resident asked for them to be posted on the Town website ahead of time. These requests were not received well by Supervisor Maas and no decision was made.

February 29, 2020 Update on local issues-

The Union Vale Town Board met on Thursday, February 20th. Many residents spoke on behalf of signing the contract with the Mid-Hudson Library System to continue unrestricted services. No one spoke opposing the contract. Supervisor Moss said that, following the meeting she and Councilman Welch had with representatives of the four libraries and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, and an exchange of a few e-mails, it was now up to the libraries. She expressed the hope that the libraries would understand and act on the Town of Union Vale’s “philosophical difference.” Supervisor Moss neglected to point out that the libraries have been responsive to some of Union Vale’s request-most significantly being the offer of a six-year contract, with an initial contribution of $77,935 (which has already been allocated in the town’s budget), and an increase every two years based on COLA. This cost is more than fair, based on what our neighbors pay for library services. We have the ability to have unrestricted use of four wonderful libraries within easy driving distance of our homes, along with all the services of the Mid-Hudson Library System. The libraries have not imposed any restrictions while they have patiently waited to settle the contract with the Town of Union Vale. In their letter to the Town Board, the libraries requested a response by February 21st, however Supervisor Moss did not acknowledge this request. The Town Councilmen offered no input to the discussion, nor did they vote on it.

If restrictions are placed on Town of Union Vale residents, Supervisor Moss proposed the following solution: Place a couple of computers in the Senior Citizen building, lease new books to loan to the residents and make video streaming services available. There was no mention of offering assistance on those computers or how often they would be available. There was also no mention of who would be in charge of the loaning services, nor the cost of these services. No mention was made of how they would replicate any programs that the Town of Union Vale residents may be shut out of if restrictions are imposed.

Please continue to speak up on this issue that is so important to Union Vale residents. It appears clear that Supervisor Moss is headed in the direction of building a Town of Union Vale Library, which will be very costly and completely unnecessary.

The Town Board and town employees are working on different ideas to bring more people to Tymor Park, which is a positive move. They have offered earlier registrations to the camp programs and the results have been good. They are also going to try different types of pool passes with some reduced fees to bring more families into the park.

The Town Board continues to discuss the use of the two houses on the property of Tymor Park. It will take money to investigate what improvements need to be done to both buildings, as well as the money to make the renovations. It is something to keep an eye on since it involves tax payer money and could result in anything from a soccer school, to a wedding venue, to an Air bnb.

Another proposal, was to set up a glamping experience in Tymor Park. They are currently investigating this with one company and the cost given was $6,500 for the initial set-up. Concerns about safety, vandalism and responsibility were aired.


Library Update- February, 2020

It is expected that the Union Vale Town Board will vote on Thursday, February 20th on the most recent proposal from the Mid-Hudson Library System. The four libraries involved have spent much time trying to address the concerns of the Town Board. Although this information has not been posted on the Town of Union Vale web site, it appears that the offer on the table includes a six year contract, with an initial contribution of $77,935 and a cost of living adjustment every two years. The money is available in the current budget and if the Town Board approves this proposal, Union Vale residents will continue to have unrestricted services at the four libraries.


What can you do to show your support of this contract?

  • Attend the Town Board meeting on Thursday, February 20th at 7:30 in the town hall.
  • Consider speaking at the meeting in support of the library- there is a 3 minute limit.
  • Send or deliver a letter to the Town Clerk to be read into the record of the meeting
  • Send an e-mail to the members of the Town Board.

Union Vale Town Board Members